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TOUCH OF COUNTRY

I’ve had a delightful week in the Carolina mountains.  This is Travis’s neck of the woods, so it’s been an immersive experience through the roots and branches of my husband’s youth and young adulthood.  We’ve been spending time with his…

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RIDING THE CAT

I had a dream last week in which I was on a horse, an imposing beast of great strength and rippling muscles.  I don’t remember where I was going, but it was important for me to get there as fast…

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WITH ALL MY HEART

Human desire kinda gets a bum rap.  We tend to tangle it up in either greedy materialism or shameful lust. When desire invokes a sexy appeal, too often it’s saddled with a licentiousness that makes it seem selfish or naughty,…

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VAL & FLO SAID

I don’t usually do “cutesy” talks. I mean, clever, absolutely.  Maybe occasionally a bit whimsical.  I like a good pun as much as the next person, and I LOVE a bad pun.   I’ll shamelessly sling ridiculous jokes.  And I think…

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A MILLION MIRACLES

I absolutely love it when things fall into place — when the variables get settled, the questions get answered, and things just click. Who doesn’t crave this feeling, right? We’re wired to experience it — conflict/resolution, discord/harmony, chaos/order. We look…

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HELLO, I LOVE YOU

This week, I encountered a quote from poet-activist Wendell Berry: "We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world.  We have been wrong.  We must change our lives so…

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STAND

My friend Jenna and I were out for happy hour last week, catching up on an array of topics over fancy drinks and tempura avocado.  Whenever we get together, we cover a lot of ground, from the sacred to the…

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PIECES BE WITH YOU

I read a Washington Post article this week titled “How to Overcome Compassion Fatigue.”  Author David DeSteno writes about how taxing it becomes over time to remain awake and aware, the exhaustion of trying to stay informed and to care…

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